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September 16, 2014
Complements of Mosquito Creek Outdoors, Apopka, FL
Homosassa River's Waterfront Fish Market
Events and Seminars:
September 18, 2014, from 6 a.m. to midnight CT, the Central Florida
chapter of Heroes on the Water (HOW) is participating in Giving Day.
That day, every donation $25 and above will be multiplied when you
donate through this link: www.northtexasgivingday.org/#npo/heroes-on-the-water
For those of you who've followed my fishing and outdoor reports for a while know every now and then I wonder away from my familiar stomping grounds and explore adventure elsewhere, well this was one of those glorious occasions.
During our travels this past week, my lovely bride Sandi and I escaped to Citrus County on Florida's west central coast to attend the Florida Outdoor Writers Association's annual conference in Crystal River, Florida. Our accommodations for this excursion were the magnificent Plantation on Crystal River where we were greeted by cheerful and courteous staff along the banks of the quiet and peaceful Crystal River. Located just an hour northwest of Orlando. The Plantation is the place to stay if you plan a visit to either Crystal River or Homosassa or just looking to escape from reality for a few days. Located on the water, the Plantation includes on site marina and dive shop, guide services, fine dinning, boat ramp, boat slips with easy access to the Gulf of Mexico, and a championship golf course.
Plantation on Crystal River
On our first evening we were treated to an exclusive back stage tour of the Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park were enjoyed an evening of wildlife viewing and our welcome reception. The park showcases native Florida wildlife, including manatees, black bears, bobcats, white-tailed deer, American alligators, American crocodiles, and river otters. Visitors can see West Indian manatees every day of the year from the park's underwater observatory in the main spring as well as snook, sheepshead and other species of fish.
Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park
Lu the resident Homosassa Hippo
Visit Homosassa Just Be Claws
The Homosassa and Crystal River areas are renowned for scalloping during the summer and as a lifelong Florida native I've never been once, so I opted join some friends for a day of diving for scallops instead of fishing, and I'm glad I did. Our adventure began when we met up with Captain Rick Burns of Reel Burns Charters and his best mate Renee at Macrea's of Homosassa. Soon we were under way heading out the Little Homosassa River to the grass flats west of Crystal River.
Although we were diving near the end of scallop season, Captain Rich and Renee knew exactly where to start, and in a matter of minutes from hitting the water, I was no longer a scallop virgin. Captain Rick's a veteran Homosassa Fishing Guide who offers fishing charters year round, scalloping during the summer season and manatee swimming trips during the winter in the springs, and it's well worth the expense to acquire his services for any of these excursions.
Homosassa Bay Scallops
After snorkeling for several hours we returned for a quick refreshing swim in the 72-degree waters Homosassa Springs and finished our day at Neon Zeon's where the staff prepared a fresh catch lunch of bay scallops, Cajun pasta and beer. Named after the legendary bass guitarist Leon Wilkeson of the southern rock band Lynyrd Skynard, Neon Zeon's Zydeco Steak House is not only a great place to eat, it's a most visit for anyone who enjoys the history of American rock and roll.
Scalloping Crew at Neon Leon's
Although the entire week was great fun, the highlight of the trip for me was being honored by the Florida Outdoor Writers Association as the recipient of the Bass Pro Shop's Pass It On Award for the volunteer work I do with the Anglers For Conservation's Hook Kids on Fishing Program in Central Florida.
Jill Zima Borski and Rob Modys presenting the Bass Pro Shop's Pass it on Award
It's always great to escape from reality for a few days and visit with my FOWA family, and I promise I'll be back to Homosassa sooner than you think.
Visit www.mosquitocreekoutdoors.com for your outdoor adventure needs, its Where the Adventure Begins!
Complements of Mosquito Creek Outdoors, Apopka, FL
Events and Seminars
The Florida Coastal Office is holding a series of public meetings to receive public comment on the draft Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves Management Plan, including Banana River, Indian River-Malabar to Vero Beach, Indian River-Vero Beach to Ft. Pierce and Jensen Beach to Jupiter Inlet aquatic preserves. The draft plan is available for viewing or download at www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/sites/indianriver/plan.htm. The Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves Management Plan Advisory Committee will be participating.
Meeting Dates and Locations
Monday, September 22, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Indian River County Administration Complex
Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Martin County Commission Chambers
Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Brevard County Government Center
Written comments are welcome and can be submitted by mail to 3300 Lewis Street, Ft. Pierce, FL 34981 or by email toFloridaCoasts@dep.state.fl.us by Friday, October 24, 2014
Sam's IRL Redfish caught on a DOA Bait Buster
September Fishing Outlook
As we approach the backside of summer on Florida's east central coast,
shorter days, prevailing easterly breezes and longer cooler nights signal
the approach of fall. All of these signs are also natural indicators
signaling prey and predator alike that spawning season is over and it's
once again time to fatten up and return south to warmer waters.
Captain Tom Van Horn